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Key Issues facing Sugar Industries in the Southern African Development Community


  • Michael Matsebula

    () (Swaziland Sugar Association (SSA))


The objective of this working paper is to highlight the major issues facing sugar industries in SADC. This is achieved within a framework that recognises the existence of distortions in global sugar markets. To this end, a conceptual framework whose central pillar is the existence of market distortions is presented. It is followed by a description of the characteristics of the SADC sugar industries and the kind of distortions that they face in the real world. The main features of the SADC Sugar Cooperation Agreement as well as a consolidated list of key issues facing the SADC sugar industries is presented. The paper finds firstly that there is a strong case for special sugar trading arrangements. Secondly, mutual benefits can be generated from cooperation in accessing foreign markets. Thirdly, high exposure to world markets will improve market access within SADC. Finally, the paper brings together issues facing the SADC sugar industries that can be best handled at industry and regional levels.

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  • Michael Matsebula, 2001. "Key Issues facing Sugar Industries in the Southern African Development Community," Working Papers 01050, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
  • Handle: RePEc:ctw:wpaper:01050

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    1. Scott McDonald & Cecilia Punt, 2004. "Trade Liberalisation, Efficiency and South Africa's Sugar Industry," Working Papers 2004012, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics, revised Aug 2004.

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    South Africa: sugar industries; SADC Sugar Cooperation Agreement;

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    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics


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